Rivalry breeds evolution, no matter the opponents.
Improvement comes from the need to overcome something greater than you, even if it seems impossible.
She was working harder than ever in the last days of the festival, hoping to get close to her teacher.
It seemed pointless at times, but a single tender look made her work through the bleak thoughts.
The end result was worth it, the respect, the...
It started to mean more than anything, to overpower every other desire, and it kept going even deeper.
Was it meant to be?